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Teaching Common Core By Teaching Environmental Science

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April 22nd is Earth Day. I’ll be spending it in my daughter’s elementary school, helping to coordinate an all-day “Science Day” for a building full of eager kindegarteners through third graders. It wasn’t until I had kids and started looking at their curriculum that I began to wonder how key ideas and concepts could be […]

Common Core and Content Can Get Along

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Not a day can go by without someone criticizing the Common Core State Standards or blaming the Common Core for all that ails our public education system. And while assessments are usually the prime target for Common Core haters, the standards’ emphasis on non-fiction texts have drawn greater scrutiny in recent months. No, I’m not […]

Curriculum Mapping, 5 Ideas

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Last week I had the opportunity to attend two days of Curriculum Mapping Boot Camp with Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Dr. Marie Alcock in New York City. Here are five of my takeaways: Be a critical consumer of others’ systems. Prior to the conference I had read three curriculum design books by Dr. Heidi […]

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